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African Archaeological Review

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 97–98 | Cite as

Sarah K. Croucher, Capitalism and Cloves: An Archaeology of Plantation Life on Nineteenth-Century Zanzibar; Springer, New York, 2015, 256 pp. ISBN 978-1-4419-8470-8

  • Lydia Wilson MarshallEmail author
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Historical archaeology, particularly the archaeology of the nineteenth century, remains a nascent field in Africa. Given the general paucity of studies, one may wonder: how can historical archaeology contribute to broader research questions inside and outside of Africa? Specifically, without more active research taking place on the ground, how can Africanist historical archaeologists effectively frame their work in wider comparative contexts? In Capitalism and Cloves, Sarah Croucher models one promising approach: positioning her pioneering study of Zanzibari clove plantations in both global and local fields. She makes inter-regional comparisons through African diaspora archaeology, draws cross-temporal connections in Swahili archaeology, and compares plantations to other types of archaeological sites in nineteenth-century Eastern Africa. Primarily through use of postcolonial and practice theories, Croucher upends teleological western views of the development of capitalism,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyDePauw UniversityGreencastleUSA

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